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VOL. 131 | NO. 39 | Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Duke Takes Reins at Friends for Life

By Kate Simone

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Longtime nonprofit administrator Diane Duke recently took the helm of Friends for Life as its new executive director. In her new role, the Los Angeles native leads and oversees an organization that’s helping those affected by HIV/AIDS through the provision of education, housing, food, transportation and healthy life skills training.

Hometown: Los Angeles 


Experience: 28 years nonprofit management, including YMCA, American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood and Free Speech Coalition. Bachelor of Arts, sociology, and Master of Business Administration, University of Oregon

Family: Partner Shelley, sons Jason (San Diego, Calif.) and Austin (Bellingham, Wash.) and dogs Cora and Walter (Memphis)

Favorite quote: “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Favorite movie: “Heart and Soul”

The sports team(s) you root for: NHL - Los Angeles Kings 

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Andy Grammer, “Good to be Alive”

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Kayaking, cooking, horseback riding, yoga, hiking, concerts and the theater

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing. 

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mother and grandmother, they taught me about strong Southern women.

What attracted you to Friends for Life? Working with those impacted by HIV and related issues has been a passion of mine. I flew to Memphis and was immediately taken with the exceptional staff and board. Then I spent a few days in Memphis and I was hooked.

What are your goals in your new position? Provide leadership and guidance that facilitates Friends for Life reaching more clients with quality services, thus leading to lower transmission of HIV and better quality of life for Memphis and all the Mid-South community.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Raising two boys who turned out to be incredible men.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy interacting with a broad spectrum of people from all walks of life and experiences.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Travel.


Rip Haney, affiliate broker with Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, has been named the incoming president for the Multi Million Dollar Club of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors. Haney will begin his term as president in June.

Mindy Okeon Mattingly has joined Marx-Bensdorf Realtors as an affiliate broker. Mattingly is a licensed attorney and practiced law with Glankler Brown PLLC before becoming a Realtor. 

Andre B. Mathis has been promoted to member of Glankler Brown PLLC. Mathis concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law, civil litigation and criminal litigation.



Kiki Hall has joined Neighborhood Christian Centers as chief development and communications officer. Hall comes to the NCC with many years of sales experience and local community involvement. 

Carl Malone has joined tamburrino inc. in the newly created position of IT service desk analyst. Malone has more than 20 years’ computer experience, including the support and supervision of networks.

Lindsey Roberts has been promoted to staffing manager at Vaco Memphis. Roberts joined the firm in 2008 as a recruiter and has served in various capacities since then. In her new role, she handles the placement of operational accounting professionals, as well as office, administrative and customer service professionals.

Elizabeth Maynard Garrett has joined Nazzaro and Price Publishing Services LLC to direct marketing and promotions. Garrett has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, public relations and administration in the Memphis area.

Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC has announced several staff changes. Nathan Stevens has been promoted to senior audit manager. Sandra Kee has joined the firm as a senior tax manager. Patrick Corcoran and Jared Kirk have joined the audit staff, and Ambria Arnold has joined the tax staff. Hanna Cullen, Chase Elliott, Matt Hatcher, Chase Thrasher and Zach Womack are participating in the firm’s internship program. 

Shoemaker Financial has announced the following accomplishments among the financial advisers in its Germantown office, based on 2015 performance: Jonathan McAlister, Pinnacle Club and Senate I recognition; Chris Purcell, Foundation Club; Jeff Grimm, Focus Club; Frank Allen, Bill Regenold and David Rochester, Senate Club; and Teri Hurt, Senate Club I, Achievers Club and New Adviser of the Year.

The Memphis Chapter of the Society for Information Management has announced its 2016 board members: Jarrett Morgan, president; Tony Fischer, vice president; Dennis Norton, treasurer; Michael Boyd, governance; Josh Siddon, strategy series chair; Joe Sanders, strategy series co-chair; Jim Sanders, membership chair; Mason Rotelli, membership co-chair; Ahmed Esmail, programs chair; Joe Cutrell, programs co-chair; Ed Charbonnet, community outreach chair; David Ulloa, community outreach co-chair; Debbie Smith, marketing chair; Rob Stalder, marketing co-chair; and Michael Jones, immediate past president.

PROPERTY SALES 40 220 16,417
MORTGAGES 28 85 10,172
BUILDING PERMITS 161 826 39,370
BANKRUPTCIES 29 136 7,733